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Be yourself;everyone else is already taken.

- Oscar Wilde -

Who we are and
what we do​
Be yourself, enjoy others.
Take risks, build confidence.
Be safe and have fun.

Castlemaine Circus has created an inclusive and accessible space and offers classes for all ages in Circus Skills, Aerial Arts and Parkour. We foster an environment where students can take safe risks, support each other and have fun. 

Students learn all the fabulous skills and techniques of circus, aerial and parkour in a positive, collaborative environment. They develop physical and emotional skills including strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, self confidence and creative expression.

We celebrate diversity and provide a safe physical and social space for all ages, abilities, genders and cultures. Our philosophy, policies and procedures are all embedded with creating a Child Safe space.

Castlemaine Circus was established in 2013 as a direct response to ongoing requests from the community for childrens’ circus classes. Established as a not-for-profit incorporated association, by a committee of volunteers, classes started in February 2014.

We began with 3 classes a week and we now run 30 classes a week, enrol 350 students of all ages and engage 14 amazing trainers from the region. We run a student trainer program and celebrate each year with an end of year Celebration Week and Circus Show. We partner with other organisations to provide circus for the community, including CHIRP Community Health, YMCA, Castlemaine Secondary College and local primary schools.

It takes a community to make a circus, and it couldn’t have happened without the support of our start up funding partners, the outstanding generosity of families and the ongoing efforts of our passionate staff, trainers and board.

Kirsty Sutherland – General Manager

Castlemaine Circus is a wonderful place to work and it’s great being a part of the cultural life of our town. I love what the circus offers– a place where you can be yourself and be accepted for being you. The circus celebrates the intersection of creativity and physicality and allows people to find their own strengths, push their own boundaries and learn to trust and enjoy others. The Castlemaine Circus is a great place to hang out and to try and be your best.

Caz Walsh – Enrolment Coordinator

Caz is not only one of our wonderful circus trainers, she is amazing in the office enrolling all the families and students into all the right classes. She will make sure you or your little one has a spot in a class if not straight away then asap. 

Our Committee
Jane McCahon (Chair)
Kerry Bourke (Treasurer)
Armstrong Scherlies
Liz Stearne


Castlemaine Circus would like to thank these people for all the generous support they have offered to us over the past few years.

Current partners:

Mount Alexander Shire Council – Community Grant

MELD creative – Kathryn Hall –  Website creation


Previous partners / sponsors:

Maldon & District Community Bank – Partnership Grant

Rotary Club of Castlemaine 
They have generously provided us with funds to purchase equipment, supported our fundraising activities and performances.(2016-19)

CHIRP Community Health


Maldon and District Community Bank

Lions Club of Castlemaine


Regional Arts Victoria

Creative Victoria

Grant Victor-Gordon – Risk Management support


We are so grateful for all the generous support we have received through donations. They help keep us going, to pay for our wonderful trainers and our fabulous circus program. 

We have had to cancel many classes during lockdown and some of our families have donated these cancelled class fees to the circus. We are so lucky to have these donations. It would be a long list to include everyone’s name but we know who you are!